Alabama's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Alabama's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
March 13, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Martha Roby Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Martha Roby Republican Party
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of Alabama held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.
This is the 2nd Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Martha Roby won re-election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
January 12, 2012
March 13, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Alabama has an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by March 3. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 28.[2]

See also: Alabama elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Martha Roby (R), who was first elected in 2010.

This was the first election which used new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Alabama's 2nd Congressional District is located in southeastern portion of the state. Bullock, Barbour, Henry, Houston, Geneva, Dale, Coffee, Crenshaw, Butler, Covington, Antauga, Elmore and Conecuh counties are included in the new district boundaries.[3]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Therese Ford
Republican Party Martha RobyGreen check mark transparent.png

March 13, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Alabama District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Therese Ford 36.3% 103,092
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMartha Roby Incumbent 63.6% 180,591
     N/A Write-In 0.1% 270
Total Votes 283,953
Source: Alabama Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Alabama

District partisanship

FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. Alabama's 2nd District was projected as Likely Republican in 2012.[4]

  • 2012: 32D / 68R
  • 2010: 33D / 67R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measures each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Alabama's 2nd Congressional District has a PVI of R+18, which is the 27th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 65-35 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush won the district 69-31 percent over John Kerry (D).[5]

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are candidate reports.

Martha Roby

Martha Roby (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[6]March 1, 2012$417,323.28$18,975$(67,474.32)$368,823.96
April Quarterly[7]April 13, 2012$368,823.96$96,642.68$(17,934.84)$447,531.80
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Martha Roby won election to the United States House. She defeated Bobby Bright in the general election.[8]

U.S. House, Alabama District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMartha Roby 51.1% 111,645
     Democratic Bobby Bright Incumbent 48.9% 106,865
Total Votes 218,510

See also

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